Renault teams with Irish Restaurant Awards 2017

Renault Ireland and The Restaurant Association of Ireland have announced Renault Ireland as the official car partner of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017, writes Trish Whelan . The Irish Restaurant Awards (RAI) will travel around the country driving new Renault models for a series of regional events this March to announce county and regional award winners across 15 different categories. County winners will be announced at four regional events with over 600 guests expected to attend each. This year’s host counties for the events are Kilkenny, Fermanagh, Limerick and Sligo. This year over 80,000 individual nominations were cast online from 11-25 January. Pictured above are Ciara Doyle (Business Development & Sponsorship Manager, Restaurant Association of Ireland), and Liz O’Gorman (Marketing Manager Renault Ireland) with two chefs from The Radisson Blue St Helen’s, Stillorgan Road, Dublin. Speaking on the quantity of nominations received, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland

Hybrids boost Toyota Europe sales

Toyota’s sales of hybrid vehicles in Europe rose by 41pc in 2016, writes Brian Byrne.

Between its Toyota and Lexus brand models, the carmaker offers 15 hybrid options, and the battery-assist cars now represent almost a third of the 928,500 vehicles the company sold in Europe last year.

Toyota achieved a total market share of 4.7pc in Europe in 2016, and the 6pc increase in total units sold outperformed the overall European market.

An interesting extract from the figures is that hybrids account for 43pc of all the company’s car sales in western Europe, while eastern Europe’s proportion is just 5pc hybrid.

Toyota’s top seller is the Yaris, followed by Auris and RAV4, the sequence in hybrids is the same.


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